City Tavern Restaurant

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  • AMBIANCE 5/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 5/15
  • FOOD 9/10
  • VALUE 3/10
  • OVERALL 14/20
obxdude10  (132) Pottstown, Pennsylvania | February 9, 2016
This is not a beer bar. You wonít even find a mediocre selection of beer here. The prices are high, for everything. Itís kind of a tourist trap. But you should go, if only once. If youíre into Americaís history at all, this is definitely a place you want to put on your itinerary. While this is not the original location of the City Tavern, itís close enough to feel the atmosphere and time of when George Washington, Ben Franklin, et al were roaming Philadelphia, getting ready to sever our ties from England. The entire service staff is dressed in 18th century garb. The tables are decorated with all the things youíd see in a painting of the signing of the Declaration of Independence: the thick green table cloth, pewter drinking glasses, candles, etc. There are multiple floors to this establishment, with a couple dining rooms on each level. It really feels like youíre eating in the 18th century. The dishes go right along with theme, with the celebrity chefís passion for colonial American food. You definitely have to start with the West Indies Pepperpot (if you donít like spicy food, then donít). Itís an amazing soup filled with greens, beef and potatoes and spiced generously with habaneros. My kids loved the grilled chicken with egg noodles. My wife had the pork chop, which was amazing. I stole a few pieces from her. If you order it, donít be alarmed when it arrives at your table with a raw-looking pink color. Itís more of a ham steak than what a "traditional" pork chop looks like. The sauerkraut that accompanies it is also quite delicious. I had the venison. Absolutely amazing. The mushroom-laced rosemary bourbon sauce that is lathered on top of it is exquisite. Itís all overpriced, but worth one trip. As far as beer, like I said, very little selection. They serve only the Ales of the Revolution brewed by Phillyís own Yards. They are very good, though, but only four of them. Parking could be a hassle, but we walked to the restaurant from an earlier stop. The service was top-notch and very attentive and friendly. Again, this is probably a one-stop and done type of place. If youíre a history buff, then definitely. If youíre in the area, sure. But itís not a must-visit Philly location. You arenít going to spend all evening in a place like this. There are some other spots in the neighborhood for that. However, it is good.
  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 9/15
  • FOOD 8/10
  • VALUE 6/10
  • OVERALL 13/20
cratez  (256) Toronto, Ontario | January 17, 2015
When I visited: Late September 2014. What I had: Flight of Yards General Washingtonís Tavern Porter, Thomas Jeffersonís 1774 Tavern Ale, Poor Richardís Tavern Spruce Ale, and Alexander Hamiltonís Federalist Ale for me, glass of sauvignon blanc for my fiancť, Black Forest Ham and Asparagus plate to split. What I liked: Nice atmosphere on the back porch, service was prompt and courteous, love the harp music and costumes, we enjoyed our appetizer, house beers ranged from good to great. What I disliked: From what I could tell they didnít have any other beers on tap besides their own, which was disappointing; my partner didnít like her wine; prices are high for what you get; this place was fun to visit briefly but we probably wouldnít spend an entire evening here, as itís more of a restaurant and tourist destination than a beer spot. Would I go back? Possibly. Overall Rating: 68
  • AMBIANCE 4/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 4/15
  • FOOD 7/10
  • VALUE 6/10
  • OVERALL 13/20
ben4321  (381) Hoboken, New Jersey | April 28, 2011
This isnít a beer bar, but if your looking for a gimmicky "historic" type place to go when acting touristy where you can also get a semi-decent beer, well this might be that place.

Was that a back-handed compliment review or what? Sorry City Tavern, I actually enjoyed your restaurant well enough, but this a beer site review...
  • AMBIANCE 5/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 8/15
  • FOOD N/A
  • VALUE 7/10
  • OVERALL 14/20
Rastacouere  (664) Montreal, Quebec | August 4, 2010
Despite its very central location, this is not a mandatory place to add on your Philly beer trek. On the other hand, if youíre here with the family, it may represent a fine compromise. The place has a strong historic commitment and value, seems to have a great food menu at relatively resonable prices (we only got there once the kitchen was closed) and offers the pretty good 4 revolution ales from Yards. They are fresh and served in beautiful, respectful wine tulips: the kind of glass Iíd love to see everywhere. They did a beautiful job on the decoration, the staff wears costumes. It is a fine spot, reminiscent of Fourquet Fourchette in Chambly, QC. Just do not bother if you are exclusively into purely beer-oriented tourism. Popping by for a drink since youíll come in the neighborhood anyway at least for Triumph and Eulogy would be a great idea though.
  • AMBIANCE 5/5
  • SERVICE 10/10
  • SELECTION 7/15
  • FOOD 10/10
  • OVERALL 18/20
italianjohn  (183) Penndel, Pennsylvania | April 20, 2010
A highly recommended place if you are visiting Philadelphia, or are from the area. The building is a replica of an 18th Century tavern of the same name that was located on the property. They have menu items that are based off of recipes by our founding fathers and dishes that are vintage 18th century. The menu is a little pricey, but the food is worth it! The employees are dressed in 18th century clothing. The beers are limited here, but they carry the Ales of the Revolutions by Yards Brewing Company and have them in 6 packs to go. A great place to take the family or guests who are visiting the city and want to experience a piece of Philadelphia History.
  • AMBIANCE 5/5
  • SERVICE 8/10
  • SELECTION 3/15
  • FOOD 8/10
  • VALUE 7/10
  • OVERALL 16/20
Slipstream  (101) | July 7, 2009
If you, like me, enjoy visiting restaurants and bars that have historical importance, then this place should be on your list. It is a replica of a tavern where Ben Franklin and others would go for food and refreshment during the 1770s. Excellent ambience and friendly service. The beer selection is not great, but they have a few items based on what Washington, Jefferson, and others used to brew up. The prices are reasonable for what they offer, and I am glad I dropped by.

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